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GAME: Pittsburgh Penguins (6-14-4-1) at Calgary Flames (12-8-1-3).

TIME: Sunday, 8 p.m. EST.

The resurgent Calgary Flames look to continue their best stretch of the season as they host the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Calgary has earned points in a season-high nine straight games (6-0-1-2), including Friday's 2-1 win over Minnesota.

Flames right wing Shean Donovan continued his torrid pace by scoring a goal in his fifth straight game. Captain Jarome Iginla is doing his best to keep pace with Donovan. He has four goals in three games, tying Donovan for the team lead with eight this season.

The duo has helped lift the Flames into seventh place in the Western Conference.

"A playoff spot is where we want to be," said Iginla, "but there's so much of the season left, we can't even think about that right now."

Pittsburgh is coming of a 4-3 loss at Edmonton on Saturday, and is 1-4-1 in its last six games, sitting dead last in the NHL with only 17 points.

The lone bright spot for Pittsburgh of late has been defenseman Dick Tarnstrom, who extended his scoring steak to eight games (three goals, six assists) with an assist on Brian Holzinger's goal Saturday.

"His ice presence is as good as we have," Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk of Tarnstrom. "His offense brings us to another level. On top of that, he's played very well at both ends of the rink."

STANDINGS: Penguins - 17 points, 5th place, 63 PB, Atlantic Division. Flames - 28 points, 3rd place, 54 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Penguins - Rico Fata, 8 goals; Tarnstrom and Konstantin Koltsov, 9 assists; Tarnstrom, 14 points; Kelly Buchberger, 61 PIM. Flames - Iginla and Donovan, 8 goals; Iginla, 11 assists and 19 points; Krzysztof Oliwa, 85 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Dec. 6): SPECIAL TEAMS (through Dec. 5): Penguins - Power play: 11.3 percent (14 for 124), 28th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.0 percent (88 for 106), 21st. Flames - Power play: 18.2 percent (18 for 99), 10th. Penalty killing: 79.8 percent (87 for 109), 26th.

GOALTENDERS: Penguins - Marc-Andre Fleury (4-8-2, 1 SO, 3.08 GAA); Sebastien Caron (2-6-2, 0, 3.73). Flames - Jamie McLennan (7-5-1, 2, 2.08); Miikka Kiprusoff (5-1-0, 0, 1.82).

SEASON SERIES: Flames, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 4; Flames, 2-0. At Pittsburgh, Steve McKenna scored his first goal in almost a year late in the first period and Johan Hedberg made 23 saves for the Penguins.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Penguins - 2-9-1-1 on the road; Flames - 8-4-1-1 at home.


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